Photography and blogging have played an important educational role in my two daughters' homeschooling journey since COVID-19 made public school here in Suriname a hot inconsistent mess.
Don't Rely On The System Too Much 🏫
Many of you Hivers know that my whole family blogs on Hive via @Sreypov and the @KidSisters profiles. Eons ago there was a suspension of public school classes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and there was zero communication from the public school system for nearly 6 months.
I chose to take full responsibility for our daughters' educations after Suriname dropped the bar, and I decided to make Hive blogging a component of their home education. Hive posts have become a great way for me to check our oldest daughter's progress with English grammar, spelling and vocabulary.
Enter @Sreypov | Master Nature Photography Teacher 👩🏫
We recently took our daughters' blog to the next level by letting them record their own 3Speak videos, and more recently our family's master nature photographer @Sreypov, aka Mom, has been giving both girls photography lessons.
As we are strapped for cash, our options are limited, so walks around the neighborhood on butterfly photography quests led by @Sreypov have really been a hit for both of our girls. Everything from patience to awareness in the moment, and even proper hydration are all lessons learned near the equator when walking the streets at high noon.
Experiential Education Is A Must 🕵️♀️
There are some things that just can't be taught in the classroom, and experiential education is often overlooked in mainstream education. Our girls have a solid foundation of computer and language skills that have all come directly or indirectly from Hive blogging.
Life beyond the screen is most important, so we try to teach life lessons as well, such as an appreciation of nature, even if it is a microcosm on the road's edge. A spirit of adventure and curiosity are such important skillsets to possess is dynamic world, and that means Monkey-B sometimes abandons photography in favor of butterfly catching.
A Little Profit Never Hurt 💵
At the end of the day, I ultimately encourage the girls to take pictures of daily life, and the content and post ideas naturally follow most of the time. Of course the ability to earn an income from their posts is very big motivator. My daughters are old enough to know the rough price of things, so they understand what their $232 account value can buy in the real world.
When I stop and think of the many ways young ladies are earning an income from the internet, Hive shines like a diamond. The Kardashian culture has greatly affected the mentality of these youths around the world, and earning an income via Instagram booty pics is not sustainable, nor does it command the skillset managing one's own Hive blog does.